We went in Sept on the inspiration to the Western Caribbean, but now we want to start planning another cruise for this summer. Is the Eastern or Southern Caribbean better? Do any of carnivals ships cruise out of Galveston or New Orleans that goes to either the Eastern or Southern Caribbean?
I don't think that anything out of New Orleans or Galveston does the Eastern or Southern just because of location. It would take to long to get to those islands, it would have to be a 10 day cruise.
All the seven day southerns I have seen go out of San Juan. I personally like the southern routes better then the eastern, but I like going to many different ports. Eastern caribbean cruises tend to have more days at sea.
I also prefer the Southern, lots of different ports. One draw back though, less "sea" days, so it does tend to be port intensive if you don't mind that. Almost all the Eastern itinaries make a stop at St. Thomas, which is OK and there are more sea days on those too. Some cruiselines have ships leaving out of Florida that will do a southern route, but those are usually more than 7 days. Only draw back is the cost of the flights to/from San Juan for a southern, but I do enjoy the different islands on those cruises, all depends on what you like to see and do.
I just got back from the Carnival Victory Eastern Carribean cruise yesterday. We left from Miami and stopped in San Juan, St. Croix and St. Thomas. We had a wonderful time, but next time are planning a southern carribean cruise. We didn't care for San Juan, but the other ports were great. There were several days at sea, though so a southern carribean will be better next time...as long as you don't mind leaving from San Juan. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions. If you do the Victory and stop at St. Thomas, do the Buck Island sail and snorkel excurison. The crew of the Castaway Girl was wonderful and the snorkeling was the best yet. Good Luck!!! Kara